Our 100 Year History


Beginning in 2014, AFS-USA is celebrating the Centennial of our founding organization, the American Field Service.

The American Field Service was a volunteer ambulance driver corps in WWI and WWII that helped transport hundreds of thousands of wounded soldiers to safety from both sides of battle. When the wars ended, the corps decided that its new charge should be to prevent future conflicts by promoting understanding among nations. They established AFS Intercultural Programs to help facilitate cross-cultural student exchanges that would enhance empathy and build cultural awareness worldwide.

As we head into our second century, we remember our unique history and honor the legacy of volunteerism that lives on in AFS today.